42. A Railway Porter
(a) Who is a railway porter? (b) What does he look like? (c) What kind of dress does he wear? (d) What are his activities? (e) How does he live?
Ans: A railway porter is a person who carries goods in a railway station. A railway porter is quite a known figure in the railway station. He wears on his arm a brass plate given to him by the railway authority. The brass plate bears his number. He is swift in his movement. He is strong and stout. He is able to carry heavy loads. He carries luggage. He loads and unloads the goods train. A railway porter is very clever. He can easily exploit the passengers. When a passenger falls into trouble and becomes helpless with his heavy luggage, a porter demands a higher charge. He is ill-tempered and quarrelsome. He likes to bargain with the passengers for his charge. If any passenger brings charges against him for his misbehavior, the passenger is sure to be harassed by the porter and his associates. The income of a railway porter is very low. Yet he renders a great service to people.